Header News:

Pleasanton Ca. (February 24, 2016) – Chairman Pete Zopfi and Executive Director Matthew Madeira announce that Cal North, in accordance with U.S. Soccer guidelines and intent, is implementing the following rules for heading:

  • No heading for players 12 years old and younger in games.
  • Abide by U.S. Soccer recommendations for heading in practice (heading training for players age 11 to 13 years of age should be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15 to 20 headers per player per week).
  • When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. However, if a player deliberately heads a ball within their goal area, the indirect free kick by the attacking team should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.

“A large part of our passion for the game is doing all we can to promote the safety and health of our valued players”, said Madeira. Zopfi comments “Cal North has been, and will continue to be, a leader in concussion awareness within youth soccer.”

Cal North will continue to monitor decisions made by U.S. Soccer with regards to concussion protocol and heading.

Game Assignments

The HYSL uses Refscheduler.net to schedule referee to games.

Referees and Assistant Referees can use this link to view upcoming games and schedule themselves to referee them. Licensed Referees are encouraged to use this scheduler to have fun and earn money by refereeing games when it is convenient to them.

  1. Visit RefScheduler.net to view the game schedule, update your account & sign-up for games.
  2. Our current pay rates are here

If this is your first time signing up for games using RefScheduler.net, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the RefScheduler.net link above.
  2. Select USSF.
  3. Select District 4
  4. Select HYSL.
  5. Click the "Use Saved Preferences?" box to make future login easier.
  6. If your name is present in the "Select Your Name" box, choose it.
  7. If not, Click "New Referee Sign-Up".
  8. Enter the requested information.
  9. You will receive an email when your ID is activated.


Ref Photos


Games being played NOW

There are games in our area to referee during much of the year. Check below for current opportunities:

Games during the months of November-February:

High School Games:

  1. The local high schools of the HAAL play from Nov 15 to Feb 15. SACSRA, the Southern Alameda County Soccer Referee Association, handles these games. See www.sacsra.org for details.

Nor Cal games:

  1. Several competitive Hayward teams participate in US Club Soccer's Nor Cal playing league. Their home games are hosted by HYSL.
  2. Notes:
    1. Referee's will be paid at the field by the home team.
    2. The pay rates are listed below:


HYSL Winter League games:

  1. Some Hayward teams play in the Winter. Their home games are viewable on RefScheduler.net

Visit RefScheduler.net to view the game schedule, update your account & sign-up for games.

US Soccer's "You Make the Call"

From the U.S. Soccer Communications Center:
Referees, Players, Coaches and Fans Learn About Referee Decisions with "You Make the Call"
CHICAGO, Ill. (July 25, 2006) - Referees, players, coaches and soccer
aficionados can dissect plays, make calls and test their referee skills on ussoccer.com's "You Make the Call" interactive video site. The presentation allows referees of all ages and grade levels to reinforce their knowledge of "The Laws of the Game," while allowing players, coaches and fans to put themselves in the referee's place and learn more about the reasoning behind decisions that officials make.
"We are happy to be able to release You Make the Call again," said Julie Ilacqua, U.S. Soccer Managing Director of Referee Programs. "It's a fun method of helping referees and non-referees alike to have a better understanding of the 'Laws of the Game.'"
"You Make the Call" debuted on ussoccer.com in December 2005, and has since, much like the website itself, undergone a transformation that renders the interactive site easier to use. To access "You Make the Call," simply click here or select "Laws of the Game" from the ussoccer.com homepage navigation menu. A drop-down menu will appear with "You Make the Call" as one of
the options.
Users will be able to watch a video clip of a foul, along with a summary of the incident. The user is given four choices as to what the referee's decision should be. Upon submitting an answer, players will get a summary of the results, the reason for the decision according to "The Laws of the Game," and a short explanation of the correct answer.
"You Make the Call" is an excellent learning tool for young referees who are still becoming familiar with "The Laws of the Game." It not only allows young referees to see the foul in real time, as well as replays, it explains the correct decision, as well as why the other options are not correct, specifically citing "The Laws of the Game."
The game is also a great venue for players, coaches and fans, because it gives insight into the application of "The Laws of the Game."
Participants also have the option of signing up to receive e-mail alerts when a new video is posted.
- ussoccer.com -